Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear

Lensey Namioka, Author, Kees De Kiefte, Illustrator Joy Street Books $15.95 (134p) ISBN 978-0-316-59701-2
Newly transplanted to Seattle from his native China, nine-year-old Yingtao is a tone-deaf thorn among musical roses. His parents--professional musicians both--assume the problem is lack of practice and chide him for playing baseball (he's a natural) when he could be rehearsing with his virtuoso siblings for an upcoming family recital. When Yingtao hooks up with a new friend from school, a boy as talented musically as Yingtao is athletically and whose parents have put him in an opposite predicament--the boys scheme a ``lip-syncing'' violin switch for the recital quartet that finally opens the eyes of both families. Peppered with wry commentary on the often baffling experience of adapting to a new country and a new language, Beijing-born Namioka's fresh and funny novel serves up a slice of modern, multicultural American life. Her comic timing and deadpan delivery are reminiscent of Betsy Byars, and her book will leave readers begging for more. Dekiefte's keenly observed black-and-white sketches evoke a maximum of expression with a minimum of intrusion. illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/04/1992
Release date: 05/01/1992
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Glued - 134 pages - 978-0-7807-3779-2
Prebound-Glued - 144 pages - 978-0-7857-2585-5
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